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Sutton Foster of 'Bunheads'
Sutton Foster, "Bunheads"
Nomination Status: A two-time Tony winner, Foster's show is too much in limbo on too marginal an Emmy player to get any traction.
In Her Favor: "Bunheads" is one of the few hour-longs submitted in the Comedy categories this year and while I think it's the right place for the show to be, it only captures the smallest piece of what Sutton Foster got to do. If you catch early episodes, she got to get drunk and married and get drunk and grieve, nailing both comedy and pathos. If you got a little deeper into the season, she maced a who class of ballerinas in one of the year's great comedic setpieces. And throughout, if caught in the right moments, Foster also got to sing and dance, reminding us of her Broadway chops. Perhaps Emmy voters might think that "Bunheads" will still be in limbo when nominations are announced in July and that nominating Foster might force ABC Family's hand on a renewal?
Working Against Her: This isn't a category with a huge amount of depth at the bottom, but it has a lot of depth at the top and although I love Sutton Foster's "Bunheads" performance, but other than knowing that she'd make my Top 10, I really can't say if she'd make my Top 6. She's also on a network that's much more invested in tabulating how many people are tweeting about "Pretty Little Liars" than in convincing anybody to give awards to its shows. I've said in the past that "Switched at Birth" could get Emmy play with a better push from ABC Family and I probably feel the same about Sutton Foster.